West Branch took runner-up while Canfield placed fifth and Salem seventh in the Division II sectional. The top four individual finishers go to the district.
By JOHN BUTERA
CANFIELD -- Using bookend victories Saturday, the West Branch High wrestling team finished second in the Division II sectional tournament at Canfield High, garnering two champions and three district runners-up.
With 183.5 points, West Branch finished second to Southeast which repeated as champion with 209.
Host Canfield finished in fifth place with 121.5, while Salem ended up in seventh with 110.
The remaining area schools and their totals were Ursuline (17), Poland (14) and Southeast (6).
The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for the district meet.
West Branch's two district champions were Stu Sanor, who won in the 103 division; and Seth Sharp, who was the heavyweight champion.
Sanor now 24-6: Sanor, the top seed in his division, increased his record to 24-6 with a 7-5 decision over Madison Davis of Ravenna.
"I knew I would have some tough matches," said Sanor, who repeated as sectional champion. "But I beat some of these guys in last year's sectional."
Sharp, meanwhile, pinned Jacob Neikirk of Southeast in 2:30. A junior, Sharp won the sectional here last year. Then in the district, he wound up being three points away from going to state.
Much progress: Proud of his team's second-place finish, Sharp said: "We have really come a long way this year. We won our league title for the first time ever."
West Branch coach Mike Helm said, "We had a couple of disappointing matches this afternoon, but we still got seven kids going to the district."
The Warriors also had three runners-up -- Craig Bates (215), Luke Bardo (160) and Josh Bardo (145).
Brenner ties mark: Canfield also had two champions in Klynt Matson (125) and Bob Brenner (152).
Brenner, who pinned Crestwood's Kevin Stetka in the 152-pound championship, increased his record to 33-5 while tying the school record with 21 pins in one season.
"I was pretty pleased with this title," said Brenner, noting that wrestling in his home gym was an advantage. "I was able to go home and rest a little bit, where a lot of these guys had to go back to their hotels."
Matson, a 125-pound junior, won his title via an 8-7 decision over Don Resh of Crestwood.
Matson, who was fourth in the district last year to advance to state, said. "I feel pretty good right now, but I still have some moves to work on, and I need to get in a little more conditioning."
Good shows: Both Canfield wrestlers drew the praise of their coach, Dean Conley, who said: "Matson just gutted it out. He's been sick all week, but he came through. That's the sign of a champion right there."As for Brenner," Conley said, "he's a perfect example of a kid hitting on all cylinders and peaking at the right time."